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2022-12-01 11:01:04 AM  
That's it!  No more barking dog experiments for you!
 
2022-12-01 11:08:00 AM  
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2022-12-01 12:07:44 PM  
If it's that hydrogen-balloon-meets-lighter-on-a-pole experiment....
 
2022-12-01 12:09:45 PM  
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2022-12-01 12:09:47 PM  
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2022-12-01 12:12:45 PM  
To be fair, what's more likely in an American school, shots fired or something both interesting and educational?
 
2022-12-01 12:15:33 PM  
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2022-12-01 12:17:57 PM  
Who did that kind of science in elementary school?  We didn't get to make hydrogen and blow shiat up with lithium until high school.
 
2022-12-01 12:19:43 PM  
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2022-12-01 12:21:46 PM  
Professor Hulk "Time travel! I see this as an absolute win!"
 
2022-12-01 12:23:25 PM  
Maybe give the rest of your fellow teachers a head's up about the experiments you'll be doing that day and when?

Group emails are a thing.
 
2022-12-01 12:29:09 PM  

Somaticasual: If it's that hydrogen-balloon-meets-lighter-on-a-pole experiment....


Loud boom CSB:
My first navy ship was a repair ship with various welding/metal working shops. Late one night at sea the bridge and damage control central start getting calls that everyone in the aft end of the ship had heard "something explode".

Turned out that some young sailors in the pipe shop had the idea to fill a 55 gallon trash bag with acetylene and set it off with a homemade fuse. Luckily they had the sense to set it off in the welding area where there wasn't much to burn, and gently balanced a metal plate over the bag to "contain" it.

While the guys were far enough away to survive with scorched eyebrows and nothing caught major fire, it exploded hard enough the metal plate put a dent in the steel overhead (ceiling).

There was talk of charging the sailors with attempted destruction of government property, but they ended up spending a few days in the brig and were reduced in rank.
 
2022-12-01 12:30:30 PM  
Science experiment at Utah elementary school mistaken for gunshots

Well, the solution is obvious: we have to ban science.
 
2022-12-01 12:34:23 PM  
Remember when a bang was just a bang?
 
2022-12-01 12:34:28 PM  

Somaticasual: If it's that hydrogen-balloon-meets-lighter-on-a-pole experiment....


Really?  We just let it sit in the test tube and set a punk to it.

Made a cute "bark!"
 
2022-12-01 12:49:52 PM  
Maybe if school shooting weren't so common, everyone wouldn't freak out.
 
2022-12-01 12:49:54 PM  
Look, if my company can require daily "tell me exactly what you are working on today and what you did yesterday" meetings, surely teachers can arrange a "Imma blow things up today" notice.
 
2022-12-01 12:52:53 PM  

maxandgrinch: Remember when a bang was just a bang?


Yeah, you had to be in a gang.
 
2022-12-01 12:53:07 PM  
The school was cleared and parents were told they could pick up their children at the nearby Redwood Swap Meet.

THAT'S your safe space?
 
2022-12-01 12:56:59 PM  

Gleeman: Somaticasual: If it's that hydrogen-balloon-meets-lighter-on-a-pole experiment....

Loud boom CSB:
My first navy ship was a repair ship with various welding/metal working shops. Late one night at sea the bridge and damage control central start getting calls that everyone in the aft end of the ship had heard "something explode".

Turned out that some young sailors in the pipe shop had the idea to fill a 55 gallon trash bag with acetylene and set it off with a homemade fuse. Luckily they had the sense to set it off in the welding area where there wasn't much to burn, and gently balanced a metal plate over the bag to "contain" it.

While the guys were far enough away to survive with scorched eyebrows and nothing caught major fire, it exploded hard enough the metal plate put a dent in the steel overhead (ceiling).

There was talk of charging the sailors with attempted destruction of government property, but they ended up spending a few days in the brig and were reduced in rank.


My dad and one of his welding buddies used to fark around with that stuff on the 4th of July.  They'd get two big-ass balloons and fill one with acetylene and one with helium.  Tied them together then taped a lit cigarette to the acetylene balloon and let it go.  For all the apparent danger, the gentle woomph didn't seem worth the risk.  I'm sure they learned that in the Marines.
 
2022-12-01 12:57:10 PM  

Sorelian's Ghost: Maybe if school shooting weren't so common, everyone wouldn't freak out.


It's still a very, very, vary rare event.

It's like the kidnappings of white girls in the 90s. Everyone thought their daughter was next when it just turned out to be a reporting issue making reporting of rare events more commonplace leading to a a group panic.
 
2022-12-01 12:59:12 PM  
All I can say is don't flush a puck of potassium down the toilet at school.

Unless you want the school shut down for a week or so.
 
2022-12-01 1:00:27 PM  
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2022-12-01 1:01:59 PM  
That's nothing, we had a new science teacher make hydrogen sulfide under the fume hood, the problem was the stacks were never completed when the building was constructed and the fume hoods just dumped into the plenum space, ended up having to evacuate the whole school as about 20 folks required medical attention.
 
2022-12-01 1:08:31 PM  
Emergency, everybody to get from street
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2022-12-01 1:29:42 PM  

Halfabee64: Who did that kind of science in elementary school?  We didn't get to make hydrogen and blow shiat up with lithium until high school.


Mrs. F demonstrated it in 5th grade science. Us kids weren't allowed to do burny explodey stuff ourselves.
 
2022-12-01 1:30:50 PM  
You aren't a real science teacher if you haven't either caused an evacuation or almost burned down your classroom.
 
2022-12-01 1:31:37 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: Science experiment at Utah elementary school mistaken for gunshots

Well, the solution is obvious: we have to ban science.


That project is well under way in the U.S.
 
2022-12-01 1:34:42 PM  
A now-retired science teacher I know once took his chemistry students to a park next to the school and chucked a fist-sized chunk of sodium into a pond there. The resulting boom led to a lock down of the school and a swarm of law enforcement    . The teacher was also a part-time Sheriff's deputy, so he intercepted the officers in the parking lot, told them what was up and all was OK and then asked them to pretend to arrest him. They obliged by slamming him on the hood of a cruiser, slapped cuffs on him and manhandled him into the back of the cruiser, leaving his freaked out students to wonder WTF. I have no idea why he was still employed after that.
 
2022-12-01 1:47:58 PM  
I remember the day when we would hear a loud bang noise and we would think it was a car misfiring, now everyone thinks it's a gunshot
 
2022-12-01 1:55:20 PM  

kkinnison: I remember the day when we would hear a loud bang noise and we would think it was a car misfiring, now everyone thinks it's a gunshot


To be fair, I think that cutoff was cash-for-clunkers....
 
2022-12-01 2:04:06 PM  

Raoul Eaton: Madman drummers bummers: Science experiment at Utah elementary school mistaken for gunshots

Well, the solution is obvious: we have to ban science.

That project is well under way in the U.S.


Exactly. Who has time for boring science that they will probably never use, when it's more important to teach CRT, and LBTQ issues? These are the subjects they need to learn so as to be socially acceptable.
 
2022-12-01 2:06:56 PM  

Flushing It All Away: Sorelian's Ghost: Maybe if school shooting weren't so common, everyone wouldn't freak out.

It's still a very, very, vary rare event.

It's like the kidnappings of white girls in the 90s. Everyone thought their daughter was next when it just turned out to be a reporting issue making reporting of rare events more commonplace leading to a a group panic.


We're told cops have an extremely dangerous job. That implies a high number of deadly events, some people even calling it an epidemic because it's so common.

School shootings kill there to four times as many kids each year as cops who are gunned down.

I guess it's all a matter of perspective.
 
2022-12-01 2:16:01 PM  
This is the price of freedom that we pay so that we can all buy AR style guns anywhere and anytime.  If we have to curtail any type of interesting science demonstration because of it, then its worth it.  We don't need that fancy science learnin' anyway - unless its about how to make gunpowder to make more bullets.
 
2022-12-01 2:32:37 PM  
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Still go a C.
 
2022-12-01 2:43:10 PM  

Gleeman: Somaticasual: If it's that hydrogen-balloon-meets-lighter-on-a-pole experiment....

Loud boom CSB:
My first navy ship was a repair ship with various welding/metal working shops. Late one night at sea the bridge and damage control central start getting calls that everyone in the aft end of the ship had heard "something explode".

Turned out that some young sailors in the pipe shop had the idea to fill a 55 gallon trash bag with acetylene and set it off with a homemade fuse. Luckily they had the sense to set it off in the welding area where there wasn't much to burn, and gently balanced a metal plate over the bag to "contain" it.

While the guys were far enough away to survive with scorched eyebrows and nothing caught major fire, it exploded hard enough the metal plate put a dent in the steel overhead (ceiling).

There was talk of charging the sailors with attempted destruction of government property, but they ended up spending a few days in the brig and were reduced in rank.


Jesus. Acetylene is just nuts - glad your coworkers lived, if a bit hairless.
I watched a consecutively larger demonstration, starting with just a little water balloon full of hydrogen, and it created a nice puff. Then, a beach ball - a nice thud.

Then they brought out the weather balloon.....

//and, being a big-eared weird kid, I left the room.
 
2022-12-01 2:55:04 PM  
Was it nitrogen triiodide?  I remember that demo in chemistry class.
 
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2022-12-01 2:56:39 PM  
We had a science experiment trigger evacuation of the high school.

A chemistry teacher was preparing acid for a class in the faculty lab room.  She was taking full strength (18-Mole?  12-Mole?  It's been too many years) acid to pour into smaller vessels with the intent of diluting to weaker solution.  The large glass bottle caught the edge of the countertop wrong and shattered open, spilling something like a gallon of the stuff directly on her.  We heard the crash, a scream, and then footsteps as another teacher ran in, grabbed her, and dragged both of them into one of the chemical showers.

The teacher that broke the bottle was something like eight months pregnant too, so she was damn lucky that he responded that quickly.  It had basically gone through her clothes like they weren't there and was starting to work on her skin.

The fumes gave both of them some minor lung damage and forced the evacuation of the main academic building, and the solution that ended up spilling out of that science lab into the hall destroyed the carpet.

I was in a physics class that shared a door to that faculty lab room, so I got to hear it firsthand.
 
2022-12-01 2:57:18 PM  

Raoul Eaton: Madman drummers bummers: Science experiment at Utah elementary school mistaken for gunshots

Well, the solution is obvious: we have to ban science.

That project is well under way in the U.S.


At the rate things are going the only experiments kids will get to do will be bouncing balls and blowing up balloons.
 
2022-12-01 3:07:14 PM  

studebaker hoch: Raoul Eaton: Madman drummers bummers: Science experiment at Utah elementary school mistaken for gunshots

Well, the solution is obvious: we have to ban science.

That project is well under way in the U.S.

At the rate things are going the only experiments kids will get to do will be bouncing balls and blowing up balloons.


What if one of the children has a latex allergy? Can a school really afford to take that risk?
 
2022-12-01 3:08:44 PM  

rej1138: Was it nitrogen triiodide?  I remember that demo in chemistry class.


That experiment required that you have just the right chemistry department and just the right teacher

/My HS teacher tried to project the sodium-in-water experiment in a beaker onto a movie screen using an overhead projector.   In the grand tradition of junior chemistry, he used too much sodium and it exploded with a bang and brilliant flash, shattering the beaker, throwing glass, water and still-reacting sodium all over the place with cool smoke trails, and cracked the fresnel lens on the projector.  The applause and cheers from the students were about as loud as the explosion, and brought people from the adjacent classrooms and finally the school principal.  Nobody spazzed or called in the authorities, the "emergency response" was to open the windows and get a broom and a mop.  We loved that professor.
 
2022-12-01 3:08:48 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: Science experiment at Utah elementary school mistaken for gunshots

Well, the solution is obvious: we have to ban science.


Alternative ideas: ban elementary schools, or ban Utah.
 
2022-12-01 3:18:32 PM  

rej1138: Was it nitrogen triiodide?  I remember that demo in chemistry class.


I wouldn't let that stuff anywhere near elementary-aged kids.  One of them breathes on it wrong or sneezes in the wrong direction or points a friggin' laser pointer at it and bang!.  Cool purple cloud that carries your eyebrows off with it.  Also, purple face you'll be stuck with 'til it either sublimes or you go bobbing for sodium thiosulfate.
 
2022-12-01 3:50:09 PM  
NCl3: a terrifying yellow abomination
Youtube mV_daaldE_I


YouTube has all sort of "don't try this in school" science.
 
2022-12-01 4:04:32 PM  

maxandgrinch: Remember when a bang was just a bang?


Haaaa so true.
Mall evaluation due to popcorn machine, school evaluation due to science experiments and ring/nextdoor flooded with gunshot reports that are fireworks or stupid car exhausts.
This is why so many people think we live in such dangers times.
Total of gunshots reports on nextdoor and ring for my neighborhood last year.. over 100, I kept count. Number of actual gunshots 0
 
2022-12-01 4:38:32 PM  

Ivo Shandor: studebaker hoch: Raoul Eaton: Madman drummers bummers: Science experiment at Utah elementary school mistaken for gunshots

Well, the solution is obvious: we have to ban science.

That project is well under way in the U.S.

At the rate things are going the only experiments kids will get to do will be bouncing balls and blowing up balloons.

What if one of the children has a latex allergy? Can a school really afford to take that risk?


Check with their priest first to find out if any of them have a reaction to latex.
 
2022-12-01 4:46:09 PM  
CSB...

In HS chemistry, we cleared out a whole wing of the school when one of the jocks did something to make a bromine experiment go haywire and start spewing brown gas all thru the room. Luckily I was near the door at the time and hauled ass before the teacher even said anything.

/ I'm assuming liability laws would make it impossible to perform that experiment today.
 
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